Wednesday October 19, 2011 Group Stage: Group E Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 5 - 0 Racing Genk

  • Raul Meireles 8’
  • Torres 11’, 27’
  • Ivanovic 42’
  • Kalou 72’

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    Torres rampant in Chelsea win

    A first-half onslaught saw Chelsea record a 5-0 thrashing of Racing Genk in their Champions League encounter at Stamford Bridge. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Racing Genk
    • 90+2' The full-time whistle goes at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea have crushed Racing Genk 5-0 with Fernando Torres bagging a brace, and goals from Raul Meireles, Branislav Ivanovic and Salomon Kalou. What an emphatic result for Chelsea, and now their attention can switch to facing QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday. Thanks for joining me.
    • 90+1' Cech bides his time at the back as both sides want the full-time whistle to sound now.
    • 90' Ivanovic combines with Meireles, but the midfielder has yet another shot blocked away to safety.
    • 89' Ferreira gets down the left before Malouda heads over the crossbar from inside the penalty box.
    • 88' Ivanovic is playing wide on the right with Alex down the centre, and the Serb makes good ground before crossing too deep for Torres.
    • 87' Buffel brings the ball inside from the left at pace, but his through ball intended for Kennedy does not pick out the forward.
    • 86' Torres looks to play in Meireles once more, but the midfielder slightly mistimes his run.
    • 85' Alex intercepts a long ball from Ngongca once more, and Chelsea keep the ball.
    • 84' Romeu shows real composure at the base of Chelsea's midfield as he strokes the ball around patiently.
    • 83' Chelsea build from the back once more through Luiz, and the hosts are controlling possession.
    • 82' Kennedy Nwanganga replaces Jelle Vossen, who has barely been afforded an opportunity all game.
    • 81' Alex blasts a wild effort well wide of the far post, and that does not trouble Koteles in the slightest.
    • 79' Chelsea win a free kick as Torres is hauled over by Buffel, and Alex will line this one up...
    • 78' Alex comes on to replace Bosingwa, and Chelsea make their final change as AVB uses his full allocation.
    • 77' Anelka drops deep once more and links the play, and he has been another star this evening.
    • 76' Buffel picks out Vossen with a very fine through ball, but Ivanovic intercepts with a firm challenge.
    • 75' Kalou is a bundle of energy in the final third as the substitute zips about relentlessly.
    • 74' Chelsea are relishing this opportunity to roar forward at will, and Genk are sitting so deep they are simply inviting pressure.
    • 73' GOAL!!!!! KALOU MAKES IT FIVE!!! Torres is gutted to see his close-range effort saved superbly by Koteles in reflex fashion, but Kalou races in to convert the rebound and make it five!
    • 73' Kalou cuts inside from the left and unleashes a fierce shot on target, but it's straight at Koteles.
    • 72' Romeu links up the play very efficiently in midfield, and he never seems to attempt anything too fancy.
    • 71' Ndabashinze comes on to replace Barda, and Genk make their second change.
    • 70' Torres is ruled offside as Kalou dallies on the ball and takes too long to release the pass.
    • 69' Anelka harries the Genk midfield and regains possession for his side on halfway with a fine challenge on Buffel.
    • 68' Bosingwa gets to the byline down the right, but his cut back for Malouda is tame and intercepted by Camus.
    • 67' Frank Lampard is withdrawn to a standing ovation as Salomon Kalou is introduced, and that is good to see.
    • 65' Bosingwa flies forward at pace and unleashes a rasping drive from range, but Koteles is equal to it.
    • 63' The home fans remain in full voice as Chelsea pass the ball around in the Genk half, with the visitors happy to soak up the pressure.
    • 62' De Bruyne is full of tricks, and he keeps Bosingwa very busy out on the Genk left.
    • 61' Now it is Anelka's turn to shoot wide, and Chelsea are camped inside the Genk half right now.
    • 60' Torres links up superbly with Meireles once more, but the midfielder shoots wide of the far post!
    • 59' Penalty! No? It's not given. Lampard forces his way into the Genk box and goes down under a challenge from Ngcongca, but it is not given. Pretty hard to call.
    • 58' De Bruyne dinks over a deep cross, but again Cech is commanding in gathering the ball into his grasp.
    • 57' Malouda should score! The Frenchman zips down the left at pace and beats Tozser, but his shot is poor and goes into the side netting.
    • 55' Lampard defends superbly at the near post to head behind for another corner, and Tozser is unable to pick out a Genk player.
    • 54' This time Torres's touch lets him down as Meireles slips him in on the edge of the Genk box.
    • 53' STAT: Chelsea have been the most accurate team in the Champions league with their shooting, hitting the target with 68 per cent of their attempts
    • 52' Malouda makes a sharp run down the left, but this time Hyland tracks the winger all the way.
    • 51' It's all Chelsea once more as Meireles powers down the right and whips over a testing cross, but Masuero clears under pressure from Torres.
    • 49' Torres takes the ball down the left sharply, but his run is eventually halted as Koteles intercepts.
    • 47' Meireles, who has been superb this evening, dictates the play from midfield with Lampard and Romeu chipping in. /// Ashley Cole has been replaced by Paulo Ferreira.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Stamford Bridge, and the home fans are in full voice as Chelsea pass the ball around at the back. Rohansjosh wonders why Lukaku is not even on the bench, while CarlosDollar predicts 6-1 to the Blues. Klimovski says 5-1, GerronLewis 9-0 and PeterModoli 7-0! Sayantanp says he has been really impressed with Romeu. Me too!
    • - Robbybobby46 reckons it will be 8-0 at least! Iamvivektiwari asks if Torres is back to his best... he does look extremely good this evening. Rajput believes Chelsea will win 6-0 with two more from Torres! What do others think?
    • 45' There is no added time, much to Genk's relief, and Chelsea are given a rapturous ovation as they depart for the half-time break 4-0 up courtesy of a brace from Fernando Torres, and goals from Raul Meireles and Branislav Ivanovic. How many more will Chelsea score? Get in touch and let me know!
    • 44' De Bruyne lumps a wild shot into the stand from range, and that is a poor effort.
    • 43' Chelsea are romping away with this, and Genk look absolutely shell-shocked as they find themselves four goals down.
    • 42' GOAL!!!! IVANOVIC MAKES IT FOUR! Malouda drifts over a sublime delivery from the resulting set piece out on the right flank, and Ivanovic rises imperiously to head into the far corner of the net!
    • 42' Pudil is booked for a cynical foul on Anelka down the flank, and he will miss the return fixture in Genk as a result.
    • 41' What a move again from Chelsea, as Torres sprints down the left and combines with Anelka, before the Frenchman drives a shot wide.
    • 40' Bosingwa races back to concede a corner with De Bruyne again the dangerman, but his resulting set piece is poor.
    • 39' Romeu clatters into Tozser on halfway, and the best way his style can be described is 'British'. Like a Spanish David Batty, if you will...
    • 38' Cole does a few kick-ups inside the Genk box, and both he and Pudil go down clutching their chests as the visitors get the free kick.
    • 37' The Brazilian steps up and lashes a solid effort on target, but it does not overly trouble Koteles.
    • 36' Luiz does very well to turn and spin past Tozser, winning a free kick just outside the Genk box in the process...
    • 35' De Bruyne skips down the left once more, but Bosingwa stands his ground to clear upfield.
    • 34' Chelsea stroke the ball around patiently once more at the back, and it's all too easily for the hosts.
    • 33' Cech is swiftly off his line to beat Barda to a loose ball, and that is very good keeping.
    • 32' Meireles again combines with Torres to very good effect, but this time Lampard heads wide of the near post with a poor effort from a free header. It's all Chelsea!
    • 31' Luiz gets down the left at pace, but Lampard loses the ball on halfway as Genk get a reprieve.
    • 30' Anelka looks to pick out Malouda with a through ball from range, but the winger is caught offside.
    • 29' De Bruyne sprints into the Chelsea box and looks to flick the ball past Luiz, but the defender stands his ground superbly.
    • 28' Meireles has been heavily involved in everything so far, and it makes Kenny Dalglish's decision to sell the midfielder to Chelsea for a relatively small fee absolutely astonishing. He's been the stand-out player!
    • 27' GOAL!!!!! TORRES GRABS HIS SECOND!! It's a terrific goal as Meireles finds space out on the right and picks out Torres with an exquisite cross, and the forward directs a precise glancing header inside the far post!
    • 26' Meireles finds Anelka, who in turn feeds the onrushing Torres, but his shot fizzes over the crossbar!
    • 25' Malouda and Anelka switch flanks once more as Genk struggle to get to grips with Chelsea's formation.
    • 24' Ivanovic hurtles through the Genk half very impressively, but he is selfish with Torres to his right and loses the ball.
    • 23' Torres flies down the left and cuts the ball back for Malouda, but he side-foots the ball into the side netting and the chance goes begging!
    • 22' Malouda makes an enterprising run down the left, but he is sniffed out superbly by Borre.
    • 21' De Bruyne causes havoc once more out on the left, and he does look extremely bright.
    • 20' Bosingwa and Meireles exchange passes in the Chelsea half, and the pair dictate the play.
    • 19' Ivanovic slides a through ball into Torres's path from the back, but the offside flag goes up once more.
    • 18' Luiz is booked for a very rash and unnecessary foul on halfway as he trips up Tozser, and he could rue that challenge later in the group stage.
    • 17' Romeu is seeing a lot of the ball at the base of the Chelsea midfield, and looks very composed.
    • 16' Barda is caught offside as he looks to latch on to a through ball from Hyland, only for the flag to end his run abruptly.
    • 15' There's a delay as Lampard lines up the set-piece with the Genk wall being moved about and Hyland being booked.
    • 14' Malouda is hauled down very cynically by Hyland, and Chelsea have a dangerous free-kick from 25 yards out...
    • 13' Ah, there's a mix up as Lampard leaves the ball for Torres on the edge of the Genk box, and a chance is wasted as the striker is elsewhere.
    • 12' It's 2-0 Chelsea already, and the hosts are brimming with confidence as they regain possession almost immediately.
    • 11' GOAL!!!! TORRES MAKES IT TWO!! Lampard slides an incisive and pinpoint through ball into Torres's path, and the striker shows very fine composure to send Koteles to ground and pick out the corner of the net!
    • 10' It's all Chelsea as the hosts pile on the pressure with wave after wave of attacks...
    • 9' Ladkings believes Chelsea will win 2-0 with goals from Anelka and Sturridge, but to be fair that was sent to me seconds before the goal went in. Let's make it three, then...
    • 8' GOAL!!!!!! MEIRELES SCORES A CRACKER!! The midfielder surges forward from deep with no Genk player closing him down, and he maraudes forward before lashing home a crisp low drive into the far corner of the net from 25 yards!
    • 7' What a chance that was for Torres, and he really should have scored.
    • 6' Torres hits the post! Meireles dinks over a delightful delivery from deep to pick out Torres, but the Spaniard can only flick a tame effort against the near post with just the keeper to beat!
    • 6' Cech is swiftly off his line to smother a loose ball inside the box as Buffel slides a through ball into space.
    • 5' Torres drops deep and links up the play with Malouda out on the left, before Genk break through Buffel.
    • 4' Chelsea have to regroup at the back following a bright period of play from Genk, and Villas-Boas is very animated on the touchline.
    • 3' De Bruyne whips over a devilish delivery from the left flank, and Cech has to fly out and clear with his feet.
    • 2' It will be very interesting to see how Oriol Romeu fares this evening, and he sits very deep in the Chelsea midfield from the outset.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea stroke the ball around patiently at the back.
    • 19:45 The usual anthems are belted out at Stamford Bridge, and all eyes are on De Bruyne as the Genk midfielder looks to make a real impact against the side who covet his services.
    • 19:40 Can Fernando Torres score this evening? He will be assisted by Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda in a three-pronged attack from the outset, but Sturridge, Kalou and Mata are all waiting on the bench.
    • 19:35 So far in this Champions League campaign, Chelsea have beaten Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 back on September 13 at Stamford Bridge, and been held to a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla against Valencia. Group E fixtures / results / standings
    • 19:30 Stim_Omos has Tweeted to predict a 3-0 win to Chelsea. What do others think? AVB has just promised that "The players have the right mentality to win this evening".
    • 19:25 Villas-Boas has made six changes from the side which beat Everton 3-1 at the weekend, and has admitted that he has one eye on the trip to Loftus Road to face QPR on Sunday. What do you make of the side which AVB has rolled out?
    • 19:20 The match odds leave one in no doubt which side should win this: Chelsea 1/8, Genk 33/1, Draw 19/2. What do you predict the scoreline will be this evening? Let me know on Twitter...
    • 19:15 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Romeu, Lampard, Meireles, Anelka, Torres, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Mata, Mikel, Ferreira, Kalou, Sturridge, Alex /// Genk: Koteles, Ngcongca, Masuero, Tozser, Pudil, Buffel, Vanden Borre, Hyland, De Bruyne, Vossen, Barda. Subs: Sandomierski, Camus, Dugary, Durwael, Nwanganga, Ogunjimi, Limbombe
    • 19:10 Villas-Boas: "(Genk winger) Kevin de Bruyne has always been an interesting player. He can play in various positions, from wide left or a 4-4-2. He's exceptionally gifted technically and reminds me of the old technical players like Enzo Scifo.
    • 19:05 Mario Been: "I know that Kevin (De Bruyne) is a really great player and that Chelsea already talked about him. Chelsea look and want to buy all the big talents so, for me, it wouldn't be a surprise if Kevin went to Chelsea. Everyone's got his price."
    • 19:00 Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has compared Kevin De Bruyne to Belgium legend Enzo Scifo as he prepares to run the rule over the Genk midfielder again. De Bruyne has long been linked with the Blues and revealed during the transfer window that the two clubs were in talks over his signature. The 20-year-old ended up staying in Belgium but has an opportunity to impress Villas-Boas at close quarters in Genk's Champions League double-header with Chelsea over the next fortnight.
    • 18:55 TEAM NEWS: Fernando Torres is available for Chelsea's Champions League clash with Genk. The striker will be hoping to start amid his three-match domestic ban, with manager Andre Villas-Boas likely to make several changes for the Group E game. Ramires is out with a knee injury but David Luiz could return after being rested for Saturday's Premier League win over Everton.
    • 18:50 Genk manager Mario Been has several defenders missing from his squad for the trip to Stamford Bridge. David Hubert, Jeroen Simaeys have not travelled, joining long-term absentee Torben Joneleit on the sidelines. In addition, defender Nadson and Czech winger Daniel Pudil are both major injury doubts.
    • 18:45 Welcome to our LIVE text commentary as Chelsea look to consolidate top spot in Champions League Group E as they host Racing Genk at Stamford Bridge.
  • Summary

    • 73' GOAL!!!!! KALOU MAKES IT FIVE!!! Torres is gutted to see his close-range effort saved superbly by Koteles in reflex fashion, but Kalou races in to convert the rebound and make it five!
    • 59' Penalty! No? It's not given. Lampard forces his way into the Genk box and goes down under a challenge from Ngcongca, but it is not given. Pretty hard to call.
    • 42' GOAL!!!! IVANOVIC MAKES IT FOUR! Malouda drifts over a sublime delivery from the resulting set piece out on the right flank, and Ivanovic rises imperiously to head into the far corner of the net!
    • 32' Meireles again combines with Torres to very good effect, but this time Lampard heads wide of the near post with a poor effort from a free header. It's all Chelsea!
    • 27' GOAL!!!!! TORRES GRABS HIS SECOND!! It's a terrific goal as Meireles finds space out on the right and picks out Torres with an exquisite cross, and the forward directs a precise glancing header inside the far post!
    • 23' Torres flies down the left and cuts the ball back for Malouda, but he side-foots the ball into the side netting and the chance goes begging!
    • 11' GOAL!!!! TORRES MAKES IT TWO!! Lampard slides an incisive and pinpoint through ball into Torres's path, and the striker shows very fine composure to send Koteles to ground and pick out the corner of the net!
    • 8' GOAL!!!!!! MEIRELES SCORES A CRACKER!! The midfielder surges forward from deep with no Genk player closing him down, and he maraudes forward before lashing home a crisp low drive into the far corner of the net from 25 yards!
    • 6' Torres hits the post! Meireles dinks over a delightful delivery from deep to pick out Torres, but the Spaniard can only flick a tame effort against the near post with just the keeper to beat!
    • 19:15 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Romeu, Lampard, Meireles, Anelka, Torres, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Mata, Mikel, Ferreira, Kalou, Sturridge, Alex /// Genk: Koteles, Ngcongca, Masuero, Tozser, Pudil, Buffel, Vanden Borre, Hyland, De Bruyne, Vossen, Barda. Subs: Sandomierski, Camus, Dugary, Durwael, Nwanganga, Ogunjimi, Limbombe

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    Manager: André Villas-Boas

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    Manager: Mario Been

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